24, COMPANY DIRECTOR, LEINSTER IE
TRAINED AT SBG DUBLIN
"I started it with the goal of getting a basic understanding of mama with the hope to keep training after the 20 weeks. I wanted to try something new, as my whole life I played rugby but never really loved it. I really wanted to push myself and mma is a sport where you have to be a completely disciplines athlete so I liked the idea of getting my shit together. On top of that you learn how to defend yourself, which makes you a great deal more confidents in daily life. When you step into the gym and onto the mats, none of the external problems you face are present - they all go away. nothing else matters at the time. All your focus goes into the sessions so it is a nice change of pace."
"I was 108kg of fat. Now I'm 82kg. My recent fight was at 76kg and I'm working to get to a walk around weight of 78kg. That's just the physical side of things. Everyone around me knows I'm a much less angry & more focused person now. I am more disciplined and as a result a lot happier with myself and the person I am becoming. Every day is a new chance to learn."
"I did gain a huge amount of confidence but with that came a lot of humbling experiences, which I thinks made me a much better person. I am also very grateful on a daily basis for what I get to do every day."
"I learned that the people around you can either build you up or tear you down. Since the program I've become friends with a few high level athletes and they've shown me if you work hard every day and push yourself you can get good."
"I've lost a substantial amount of weight, I train twice a day and recently started training on the mma team in SBG. I've made like-minded friends who push me hard and believe in me."
"I've told so many of my friends it's a great experience. the benefits are just a bonus. It's crazy but it's very enjoyable waking up early to go in and learn a new skill and better yourself while making new friends."
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